For the certificates and qualifications issued by validation systems to be credible, assessment methods must be trustworthy. InnoVal intends to gather experience on innovative assessment methods from across Europe in order to determine which ones have proven to be successful. To help foster trust in these innovative methods, InnoVal intends to illustrate successful innovative assessment methods with best practices. By using new technologies the project provides a solution to many practitioners who have to implement validation mechanisms without always being prepared to do so. It will propose very concrete modules on how to deal with non-traditional publics, to implement alternative assessment methods, to ensure quality, to work with external experts and to be cost efficient. The project will therefore address the need for capacity building of assessors to ensure reliability of results and to overcome initial resistance.
InnoVal (Innovative Assessment Methods) brings together VET and HE providers who are advanced either in the use of innovative assessment methods, in building links with the labour market and/or in dealing with disadvantaged groups; research bodies who can provide the evidence with a EU perspective and European networks which can ensure policy impact and broad dissemination and exploitation of results. InnoVal covers 6 countries (BE-FL, FR, FI, EL, PT, DE) and well beyond. The potential transferability of the case studies and of the innovative methods will be included in all of the project’s outputs. The partners will engage various target groups from the start of the project (Ministries in charge of Validation, EU, NQF Agencies, EU networks, etc.) in order to ensure a broad impact.
InnoVal will therefore contribute to build a shared understanding of quality principles of assessment and will explore the benefits of non-traditional assessment methods for validation for low skilled adults as well as for migrants/refugees and will contribute to Europe’s most pressing challenges.
The main project objectives are:
- Developing a needs assessment review of Assessment Methods for Validation that complements the CEDEFOP Guidelines & Inventory, aimed at practitioners
- Developing a deeper understanding of the barriers & enablers to implementing alternative assessments, based on findings of an online consultation which will seek the views of a range of stakeholders
- Coming to a share understanding of quality principles of assessment such as validity, reliability, transparency, trustworthiness, dependability, confirmability, transferability & (cost) efficiency for alternative assessments
- Exploring of the benefits of non-traditional assessment methods for validation for low skilled adults, migrants/refugees
- Ensure inter-reliability between VET & HE for performance-based assessments, as this ensures that employers & different educational institutions accept the results
- Develop & test an Open Educational Material & Toolbox of case studies using the potential of new technologies
The Erasmus+ KA2 project InnoVal is coordinated by the LLLPlatform. The partnership is composed of 6 partner organisations from various fields of expertise and from 5 different EU countries: LLLPlatform (Belgium), Dafni Kek (Greece), EIESP (France), ANESPO (Portugal), EUCEN (Belgium), UC Leuven (Belgium), Associated partner: Bertelsmann Stiftung (Germany).
Source: InnoVal Website